Press Release - ​​Ella Enchanted: The Musical

SCR Kicks Off Theatre for Young Audiences Season with Ella Enchanted: The Musical

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Sept. 20, 2017)—South Coast Repertory opens the 2017-18 Theatre for Young Audiences series with the popular Ella Enchanted: The Musical, Oct. 27-Nov.12.  This play, based on the book by Gail Carson Levine, has been adapted for the stage by Karen Zacarías, with music by Deborah Wicks La Puma. Casey Stangl directs the enchanting musical on the Julianne Argyros Stage. Tickets are on sale now:

Levine’s 1997 Newbery Honor book has been a beloved tale for countless young readers, making it the perfect story to bring to life with music for the stage.

As a baby, Ella is given the “gift” of obedience by a misguided fairy godmother and, as a result, cannot disobey any order. Now a teenager, the strong-willed Ella must outwit her evil stepmother, escape hungry ogres and hold on to her best friend, all while getting rid of her troublesome curse and finding her own voice.

Ella Enchanted is by far the best Cinderella story out there,” said Kat Zukaitis, literary associate and dramaturg for the show. “It’s a modern fairytale about a girl growing up and taking charge of her destiny. Ella is a smart, determined protagonist who musters her resourcefulness and love of language to face down curses, ogres and her gleefully malicious stepsisters. Nine out of 10 ogres say ‘delicious!’”

“I’m thrilled to open the new young audiences season with this musical adaptation of Ella Enchanted,” says John Glore, associate artistic director. “It’s a popular book that became a popular movie—and this new stage adaptation is a tuneful delight. In Levine’s re-envisioning of the Cinderella story, the mistreated girl of the age-old fairy tale has become a strong, resourceful heroine who won’t let an unfortunate witch’s curse stop her from pursuing her dreams. And the stage version retains all the magic and fantasy elements of the original book while adding puppets, beautiful costumes and great songs! Parents can bring their kids to Ella Enchanted confident that they’ll be captivated by the stage magic while also being exposed to a positive message about how to stand up for yourself and overcome adversity.”

The design and creative team includes Debora Wicks La Puma, music director; Keith Mitchell, scenic design; Angela Balogh Calin, costume design; Karyn Lawrence, lighting design; Jeff Polunas, sound design; Sean Cawelti, puppet design; and Joanne DeNaut, CSA, casting. The production manager is Jackie S. Hill, and the stage manager is Darlene Miyakawa.

Ella Enchanted: The Musical is generously supported by Corporate Honorary Haskell & White LLP. The media partner is OC Family magazine.

Tickets start at $23 for children ages 4-12; $29 for adults. For complete information, visit

Related Information for ​Ella Enchanted: The Musical

Tickets: May be purchased online at, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the box office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Ticket prices start at $22 for children ages 4-12; $27 for adults. Low-priced preview performances run Oct. 27-Nov.3. Performances run Oct. 27-Nov. 12.

Performance Dates and Times: 


  • Friday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 28, at 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m.

Regular Performances

  • Saturday, Nov. 4, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.


  • Saturday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m., is an American Sign Language-interpreted performance.

Upcoming Family Friendly Productions: A Christmas Carol adapted by Jerry Patch, Nov. 24-Dec. 24; Junie B. Jones is not a Crook by Allison Gregory, Jan. 26-Feb. 11 (Theatre for Young Audiences); and Amos & Boris book and lyrics by Sofia Alvarez, music and additional lyrics by Daniel Roland Tierney, adapted from the classic children’s book by William Steig, May 18-June 3 (Theatre for Young Audiences). Further information is available at

ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio.